After three years of hosting travelogue programs for the cable channel Now TV, Tony Hung (洪永城) moved to TVB in 2012 under the suggestion of TVB’s director of variety production, Sandy Yu (余詠珊). The Hong Kong television industry is notoriously hard to break into, but luck was on Tony’s side; the 31-year-old went from being a program host to a lead actor in TVB dramas in only three years’ time. Tony is currently starring in the TVB anniversary drama Captain of Destiny <張保仔>, which will air its final episode on Sunday, October 25.
In Captain of Destiny, Tony portrays the title character Cheung Po Tsai, a role that was originally intended for Raymond Wong (黃浩然), who stepped down due to health issues. The production team’s decision to replace Raymond with Tony, who had only been starring in supporting roles up until Captain of Destiny, was because of his connection with Sandy Yu. At the moment, Tony has three dramas under his belt waiting for broadcast, two in which he stars as the first male lead.
Tony’s relationship with Sandy Yu is indeed quite close and he seems to be a favorite among TVB management. A gossip magazine recently published photos of Tony talking amicably with Sandy Yu and another TVB executive while they were dining at TVB’s canteen. Wearing his drama’s uniform, Tony appeared to be in a filming break for Angel In the Making <實習天使>. Tony approached Sandy Yu with a big smile and talked to her for at least fifteen minutes.
When asked about his connection with Sandy Yu, Tony said the TVB executive is his mentor. He admitted, “It was Sandy who brought me to TVB. She is my mentor and frequently gives me advice. She is definitely my benefactor; this is something I am not afraid to admit.”
Priscilla Wong (黃翠如), a former television presenter for i-Cable and Now TV, is also said to be another favorite. Like Tony, it also took Priscilla less than three years to star in a TVB drama production as the first female lead. Sandy Yu has said in the past that she thinks highly of both Tony and Priscilla, and believe they will be successful.
Source: East Week
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.